YUKI: There is beauty in the broken, but Yuki, a deer plagued by anxiety, isn’t able to see it. After being misled by his friend, and closest companion, Michi in an effort to “toughen him up,” Yuki is forced to delve into an abandoned building where, unbeknownst to either of them, a malevolent presence–consuming both Yuki’s fear and suspicion–lurks, ready to emerge.
Anxiety is much like living in your own horror movie everyday, and Yuki knows this better than anyone. It’s gotten so bad that Yuki’s anxiety has begun to eat away at his relationship with Michi. In her own way, Michi has unknowingly contributed to Yuki’s problem, thinking she knows just how to fix him. The truth is, Yuki has to be the one to fix Yuki.
Jon Bero was born in Honolulu, Hawai’i. He is a graduate of the School of Visual arts with an MFA in Visual Narrative, and of the Kansas City Art Institute of Kansas City, Missouri with a BFA in Illustration and Asian Studies. Working across a variety of media, from sound, animation, and writing, Jon Bero pulls from personal experiences for all of his storytelling endeavors. He is deeply inspired by Japanese art, namely the contrast of whimsical visuals juxtaposed with dark or heavy subject matter, a pairing prominent within his own work. Explorations of identity, belonging, and anxiety are at the heart of Jon’s stories, with cartoon-like visuals offering universality for people of all ages to engage with. Jon's mentor was Jörg Tittel.